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Evaluation and treatment of pump thrombosis and hemolysis

Authors: Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Fabio Sagebin, Ronald E. Ross, William Hallinan, Karl Q. Schwarz, H. Todd Massey

Abstract

Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are not fully biocompatible, and are therefore predisposed to device thrombosis and subsequent pump dysfunction. Clinically significant hemolysis in VADs most often occurs as a result of device thrombosis, but can also be caused by other factors. Herein we describe the evaluation and management of VAD thrombosis and hemolysis.

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